If you get a notice from DSS reducing or ending your assistance you can ask for a hearing. If you ask for a hearing within 10 days of the notice your benefits will continue unchanged until the hearing decision.
Remember: Keep a copy of everything you give to DSS.
How do I ask for a hearing?
To ask for a hearing, you can
- fill out and return the appeal form that came with the notice, or
- mail or fax DSS a letter asking for a hearing.
If you decide to mail or fax DSS asking for a hearing, use the address or fax number printed on your notice. You can fax it to 860-424-5729.
Your letter should have the following:
- Your name, address, the date, and your DSS client number.
- Your reason for wanting a hearing.
- Your signature.
Keep a copy of your letter and your fax confirmation.
Sample Appeal Letter
TO: OLCRAH, DSS
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
From: [Your Name, Address, & DSS Client Number]
[Put your reason here. For example:]
I want a fair hearing because my worker thinks I did not have good cause to leave my job, but I disagree.
Can I get help with my hearing?
Call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320. If DSS made a mistake, you might be able to get a lawyer for your hearing.
Who will be at the hearing?
- Someone from DSS to explain why they think your cash assistance should stop.
- An independent hearing officer (like a judge) who will decide your case.
What happens at the hearing?
- The hearing officer may ask you why you think you should not lose your cash assistance.
- Give the officer your answer. Also tell the officer that you want safety net services.
- The hearing officer will ask DSS to explain their side.
- The hearing officer will decide if he or she agrees with you or DSS.